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Can 'America first' thinking restore US leadership in Asia?

Even as he embraces Indo-Pacific vision, Trump remains fixated on 'fair' bilateral deals

TSUYOSHI NAGASAWA, YUSHO CHO and ATSUSHI TOMIYAMA, Nikkei staff writers | China

DANANG, Vietnam -- Even after U.S. President Donald Trump at last made clear that America intends to stay involved in the Asia-Pacific region, it is far from obvious whether bilateral deals that put "America first" will be enough to curb China's efforts to expand its influence in the area.

"Today, I am here to offer a renewed partnership with America to work together to strengthen the bonds of friendship and commerce between all of the nations of the Indo-Pacific," Trump said Friday in a speech to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO summit.

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